Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The original linear pull brakes

I saw these on a mountain bike at the Velo Bella Surf City cyclocross race last weekend. I recognized them from a story a former coworker told me about the brakes on his mountain bike, maybe 7 years ago. The owner confirmed that they were indeed early versions of the linear pull brakes made under the name "Marinovations." The very first models were apparently nothing more than a piece of aluminum window frame, drilled to fit the studs, cable and pad. These were second generation models that had purpose-made aluminum arms and were more reliable than the first generation. The guy runs them on all his bikes because they just don't fail him.

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